Religious Tour to North Chios

Agia Markella


Route: MoundonMonastery-Volissos-Agia Markella-Pitios


We start from the port of Chios and head to the Monastery of Moundon. Moundon Monastery is built in a tranquil natural environment in Northwest Chios. The exact date of the foundation of the Monastery remains unknown, although it is estimated at 1574. The Monastery is dedicated to the memory of Agios Ioannis the Forerunner and is today abandoned.


Then we go to Volissos. This is a village with a long history. Volissos, according to Thucydides, was once an old aeolian city and was famous as the birthplace of Homer. At the top of the hill a castle was built in medieval times. The Byzantine castle had a trapezoidal shape with six circular towers. Inside the castle there were several buildings, tanks and churches. Then we visit the winery Kefala. Its operation started in 2004 and has a capacity of 30 tons of wine. In the basement of the Estate there is a wine cellar with oak French barrels for maturation. There is a wine retail store in the winery area.


After the Kefala estate we head to Agia Markella where there is the largest pilgrimage on the island, the holy Temple and the place of martyrdom of Agia Parthenomartyros Markella of Chiopolitida, by the sea. At the place of pilgrimage is built the homonymous Holy Pilgrimage Church of Agia and after about two kilometers of hiking we reach Agiasma, where the place of her Martyrdom.


Last destination of our tour is Pytios. Pytios is built in a unique environment that combines mountain and plain. There is an old Byzantine tower, a windmill and some churches. In addition to the possibility to take a walk around the village, we can also enjoy the local meat and local delicacies in a tavern. We leave Pytios and move to the city where our excursion ends.


Starting Points:

Our tour starts from our office, 12 Aegean Avenue. It is possible to pick up from the hotels, by appointment.

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